PLEASE NOTE: The advice given only reflects the information that we, at Medway Valley Training Partnership, would like to see in an application.
- In “PERSONAL DETAILS:” Please use a UK address for correspondence.
Whilst we very much welcome applications from applicants from both inside and outside of the UK. it is very difficult to arrange interviews and experiences from those not yet resident here.
If at all possible, try to book your Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before your application and add the date where it mentions “skills tests.”
There is a waiting time for these tests. If we can see that an applicant has matters in hand OR that they can say that they have passed the tests, it demonstrates that clear research into the requirements for being a teacher have been made and that you are very likely to be a committed applicant.
- In “CHOICE DETAILS:” Look carefully at the types of courses available to you and the schools that are offering them. Don’t be afraid to contact the school and ask for a visit or discuss the course. Definitely see if there is an opportunity for a School Experience visit. MVTP provides a number of opportunities throughout the year.
This would give you a real flavour of what you can expect from training to be a teacher. You can include the visit on your application as “added experience” and, of course, if you like the school or training institution and the school likes you, you will be in a much stronger position for being offered a placement there; especially if you are choosing the school direct route. Many of our appointed trainees have come via the school experience route.
- In “QUALIFICATIONS:” Please include all qualifications
Please put these in date order with the latest qualification first. Do not forget any other qualification that might assist your application. For example, any graded music or dance exams or coaching badges. It is useful to have a clear breakdown of the modules of your degree specialism, especially if you wish to train in a subject area to which your degree is not directly related.
- In “PERSONAL STATEMENT: ” This is where you can make or break an application. Spelling and Grammar need to be checked and re-checked. Below are some tips as to what to include in an application.
- Why you want to become a teacher;
- What you can bring to teaching;
- Talk about what you have discovered on work experience and how that can prepare you for teaching training and beyond;
- Talk about other experiences that you have working with young people;
- Mention hobbies or other activities that you have. Can any of these be explored with students through extra-curricular activities?
- Talk about any career experiences that have prepared you for teaching. For example, you mentored apprentices or you were a scout or guide leader;
- DO NOT fall into the trap of giving a potted career history UNLESS it is relevant to your future career as a teacher
- Think of an inspirational teacher or lesson. Talk about the characteristics of that teacher or lesson that were outstanding. What have you discovered that you would like to bring to your style of teaching?
- In “WORK EXPERIENCE: ” Detail any experience that you have had with children other than your own.
This can be any opportunity working alongside others such as a scout or guide leader, accompanying a group of children on a trip as well as any work experience either through taster days or the school experience programme. Use this opportunity to list any impending visits that you may have arranged.
- In “REFEREES: ” Choose two referees who can talk about your suitability to become a teacher.
Prepare them for the reference asking them to speak about any skills, knowledge or experience that you have had that will equip you for a career in teaching. Also, impress on them the need to complete and return to UCAS their reference at the earliest possible time. UCAS will not release your application to your chosen providers until both references are returned.
- and FINALLY: ASK SOMEONE TO READ THROUGH YOUR APPLICATION CAREFULLY.
You can check your application thoroughly and in great detail. However, there is nothing more detracting for a reader than sections of the application either not properly completed and/ or spelling, punctuation and grammar inaccuracies: Please do not forget that you are applying to become a teacher who will be expected to communicate in an appropriate manner to students, parents and anyone else in a variety of professional ways. There is nothing better than asking a second person to read through your application just in case there are errors that you have inadvertently missed.